Join April from Power of Moms, and Saren from Power of Families as they discuss ways to succeed with your goals and to see real progress! For full show notes, please visit www.powerofmoms.com/332

Direct download: 332.POM.GoalSetting.mp3
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Direct download: 301_Gratitude_Saren_and_April.mp3
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As mothers, we hope that everyone in the family will help clean the house so that we aren't the only ones doing the housework--and so we can teach our children and train them for adulthood. If you would like fun, creative, and DOABLE ways to make this happen, we have a podcast episode just for you!

Join April and Saren on Power of Families Radio and Power of Moms Radio as they share some of their best ideas for getting the whole family involved in the housework. (In case you haven't heard, this fall Power of Moms is expanding into a separate platform—Power of Families, that will serve everyone in the family.) Enjoy!

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/330

Direct download: 330.POMRadio_-_11217_8.09_PM.mp3
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We're bringing back this well loved, oldie-but-goodie, podcast with April and Amy McCready.  Here are a few of the main ideas from their conversation

  • We’re not “trying to get control over the kids” or simply trying to “come up with consequences.”
  • Our real goal is to strengthen our relationships with our children and provide an environment where we can grow together.
  • As deliberate mothers, we need to make “Mind, Body, and Soul” time a priority with each of our children (Amy will explain how to do that). We also need to take time to train our children (which will prevent many of the misbehaviors from happening in the first place) and help them behave for the right reasons.
  • There are better parenting methods available to us than yelling.  And as we learn those methods, the entire feeling in our homes will change. (I shared a personal experience where I applied Amy’s methods to a parenting dilemma involving my son–and how I was elated when it worked.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/229

Direct download: 229.POMRadio.AprilAmyMcCready.mp3
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Do you find Halloween to be fun? Stressful? Scary? Annoying? All of the above? How can you make Halloween really work for your family?

In this week’s encore episode, Saren reads her post, A Deliberate Mother’s Guide to Simple Halloween Fun, and shares some of the many great comments from readers that offer further ideas.

The principles shared here apply to ALL holidays!

For full show notes, see powerofmoms.com/228

Direct download: 228_Simple_Halloween_Fun.mp3
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It's so hard to make ourselves tackle projects that feel overwhelming! But when we keep putting things off, we feel bad.

In this episode, April and Saren share an exciting new way to reduce your procrastination by leaps and bounds and get the right things done.

***Tips and strategies based on David Allen's international best-seller, Getting Things Done®.

Direct download: 227_Procrastination.mp3
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This week we are bringing back one of our earliest podcasts—Finding Joy When We're Barely Surviving, which stemmed from this question from a mom in our community:

"How am I supposed to find the joy in motherhood when all I can do is keep my head above water? I am barely surviving, let alone thriving!"

Well, if you've ever felt this way, you're not alone.  And as we prepared for this radio show, we reached out to our Power of Moms Facebook community for answers.  (The response was wonderful.)

Join Saren and April as they discuss thoughts and actions that deliberate mothers can use when things feel really heavy, and receive a virtual pat on the back from our community as we acknowledge the beauty and power of motherhood.

Direct download: 226_Encore__Finding_Joy_When_Were_Barely_Surviving.mp3
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We all want to be successful in our vitally important role as mothers. But how do we know if we’ve done a good job when no one hands us a trophy, we don’t get graded, and there’s no performance review or pay raise to confirm our success? How do we keep from feeling like failures when we’ve put in hours of devoted work each and every day but there’s not a lot of tangible evidence that we accomplished much?

We’ve definitely had those thoughts. So we (Saren and April) recorded a radio show full of our very best ideas for creating and celebrating success as mothers.

We hope you’ll enjoy this popular episode from our archives and we’d love to have you add your thoughts in the comments.  (We’re sure there are lots of good ideas we didn’t cover on this subject!)

Direct download: 225_How_Do_You_Feel_Successful_As_a_Mother_Saren_and_April.mp3
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We thought we'd dig back in the archives and revisit this well-loved podcast.

We come into motherhood with ideals about how things are going to go – then we realize that some of those ideals just aren’t realistic or aren’t all that important.

What have you realized isn’t as important as it seemed to be at first? Have you let go of aspects of how your house and kids should look, what your kids should eat, that sort of thing?

These questions received lots of interesting and helpful responses from our Facebook community – and April and Saren add their own thoughts in this week’s Radio Show. (As you listen, you’ll gain great perspective and be glad to know you’re not the only one who has worried about silly things!)

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/224

Direct download: 224.POMRadio.WhatsNOTThatImportant.mp3
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Have you ever wanted to just "get the house clean"? Join April Perry and her daughter Alia as they share how their family planned a one-month decluttering project of the whole home in preparation for a move. You'll learn simple ideas that can help you breathe deeply and conquer that clutter in no time at all.

For full show notes, see www.powerofmoms.com/223

Direct download: 223_How_to_Declutter_the_Whole_House_in_a_Month_April.mp3
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Have you ever wanted to just "get the house clean"? Join April Perry and her daughter Alia as they share how their family planned a one-month decluttering project of the whole home in preparation for a move. You'll learn simple ideas that can help you breathe deeply and conquer that clutter in no time at all.

For full show notes, see www.powerofmoms.com/223

Direct download: 223_How_to_Declutter_the_Whole_House_in_a_Month_April.mp3
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If your children have recently gone back to school or your school year is about to begin, you’re probably going through some of the same things we’re going through. There are lots of emotions involved and new schedules to consider.  Some of us are redefining ourselves as we enter a new stage of motherhood.

Join Saren and April in this popular encore episode where they share their own “back to school” stories–along with plenty of practical tips for making the transition work for the whole family.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/222

Direct download: 222.POMRadio.BackToSchoolEncore.mp3
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We all know the drill...

You wake up with AWESOME intentions to get out there and have an awesome workout. Because you want to be healthy.  And you want to feel great for your family.

And then something happens. Or a LOT of somethings. And pretty soon you don't have time for a shower. Or a workout. And you grab a handful of fishy crackers and think, "Okay, we'll try again tomorrow."

Deep inside, we know there's got to be a better option. And Robin Long, from The Balanced Life, is going to show us just how to make that better option happen!

Enjoy the podcast, and be sure to check out our new sponsor, RXBAR/RXBAR Kids! Have you heard of them before? (We've got some fun glowing testimonials for them inside the podcast!) Thanks so much for being with us!

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/221

Direct download: 221.POMRadio.mp3
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As the majority of the moms in our community are thinking about the upcoming school year, many of us are trying to decide which extracurricular activities we should sign our children up for and figure out which activities that they want to do will really work for our children and our family as a whole.

In this episode, Saren and her 14-year-old daughter Eliza share experiences and offer ideas to help navigate the world of extracurricular activities.

Direct download: 220_Choosing_Extracurricular_Activities_Saren_Loosli.mp3
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As a mom, you've likely found yourself in some pretty wild (and often very "yucky") situations that you never could have imagined before becoming a mother.

In this encore episode, join Saren and her friend Janelle for some good laughs as they share some of their craziest motherhood moments as well as sharing some of their tenderest experiences with the kindness that can be on the flip side of the craziness.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/219

Direct download: 219.POMRadio.CrazinessKindness.SarenJanelle.mp3
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In this encore episode, we revisit with Saren as she tells about her families travels around the 12 oldest National Parks in the west last summer (camping the whole way!). Saren shares how this all came about and what her family gained through this wild and wonderful adventure.

The principles offered apply to all families whether they’d like to do a big trip or simply spend a little more time outside together as a family.

Direct download: 218.WhyFamiliesNeedNature.mp3
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This mini podcast was recorded a few years ago by April and her friend Tricia.  Tricia had taken some parenting classes to certify to become a foster parent.  Here she briefly shares a few pearls of wisdom, and three of her tips have made a HUGE difference for our community! Come find out why!  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/217

Direct download: 217.encore.simpleparentingideas.mp3
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Do you want to have a deeper connection with your children, but aren't quite sure how? You're not alone! In this audio post, we have 3 articles that detail easy ways to make the most of the time you have with your family. For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/216

Direct download: 216.POMRadio.Audio.3WaysToConnectWithKids_-_71017_3.56_PM.mp3
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Saren recently attended a marriage workshop with her husband and found it to be so helpful that she invited Dr. Jeremy Boden  - the therapist who conducted the workshop - to share some key principles on Power of Moms Radio.

In this episode, Jeremy shares some of the key principles of the "new science of love" and helps us learn how we can communicate more effectively, form more secure bonds, and break cycles of behavior that just aren't working.

For full show notes, see powerofmoms.com/215

Direct download: 215_Why_Connection_Really_Matters_Saren_Loosli.mp3
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We all have days (or weeks or months) when when our best efforts just don't seem to be enough.

In this week's episode, Saren shares her own struggles with "being enough" and reads three powerful posts that offer concrete ideas to help us see the good when we're feeling pretty bad and recognize that we are enough.

This post comes with a big virtual hug from all of us as Power of Moms!

Direct download: 214_You_Are_Enough_Saren_Loosli.mp3
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We all have days (or weeks or months) when when our best efforts just don't seem to be enough.

In this week's episode, Saren shares her own struggles with "being enough" and reads three powerful posts that offer concrete ideas to help us see the good when we're feeling pretty bad and recognize that we are enough.

This post comes with a big virtual hug from all of us as Power of Moms!

Direct download: 214_You_Are_Enough_Saren_Loosli.mp3
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How can we as mothers bring healthy and positive emotions into our parenting? How can we get our kids to laugh more? In this episode of Power of Moms Radio, April and Kate Orson, author of the book Tears Heal, talk about how we can embrace the laughter and the tears and really connect with our children. Kate and April share ideas on how we can make space for our children's emotions, not only for our toddlers, but for our teenagers as well!

 

Direct download: 2xx_April_Kate_Orson.mp3
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In this fantastic encore episode, Saren talks with Katie Kimball from Kitchen Stewardship about how what we eat, the way we talk about food, and the way we prepare food is such an important part of parenting.

Katie offers concrete ideas about how to involve our children more in the preparation of food and really enjoy cooking alongside our children as we teach them responsibility and build their skills and self-confidence.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/212

Direct download: 212.POMRadio.KitchenStewardship.mp3
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Are you getting worried about summer? Often we want to use this season wisely and well, but be relaxed at the same time. We want to spend time with our kids, but we also don't want them to drive us crazy! This audio post has three articles with lots of ideas about how to achieve that perfect summer balance! For full show notes, visit powerofmoms.com/211

Direct download: 211.POMRadio.NoStressSummer.mp3
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In this week's encore episode, Saren and her friend Janelle discuss what they believe is most important for preschool-aged children and share what the Joy School program can offer to kids - and moms!

While this episode focuses on the benefits of the Joy School co-op preschool curriculum, the principles that Saren and Janelle discuss apply to any mom of preschoolers.

For show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/210

Direct download: 210.POMRadio.FindingTheRightPreschoolOption.SarenJanelle.mp3
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In this week’s episode, Saren interviews Heather Clayton Staker, mother of five and national expert in online learning.

Saren and Heather talk about how we can help our children more fully reap the benefits of the vast online learning opportunities now available, while keeping their screen time under control.

For full show notes, see www.powerofmoms/209

Direct download: 209_NavigatingOnlineLearningForOurKids.SarenHeather.mp3
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In this encore post, we revisit how to make the long, lovely days of summer become some of our family’s best memories. Join in to listen on how we can create a little more structure so that summer break is enjoyable for EVERYONE!

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/208

Direct download: 208.POMRadio.Making_Summer_Awesome.mp3
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At Power of Moms, we believe that motherhood is beautiful, noble, and essential for growing strong families and strong communities.

But since it's so easy to get distracted, we asked our community to answer this question and remind all of us what matters most:

In 10 words or less, what did you love best about your mom while you were growing up? We're guessing you're not going to pick her "rock-hard abs," but is there a specific experience or characteristic that stands out in your mind?

We were deeply touched by the comments we received, and it was wonderful to see that deliberate motherhood isn't about our employment status, our looks, our exotic vacations, or our ability to be "perfect."  It's simple.  It's personal.  And it's, quite honestly, amazing.

Click this link to read the whole Facebook thread and then click the link below to hear April and Saren discuss this conversation and share their thoughts about their own mothers. (Add your thoughts in the comments!)

 

For full show notes, see www.powerofmoms.com/207

Direct download: 207_What_Your_Children_Will_Remember_of_Mom_April_and_Saren.mp3
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With everything that happens inside of a family, who doesn't need a little more life balance? Christy Wright, an amazing mother, author, speaker, and member of the Dave Ramsey team, has some incredible words of support to share with the deliberate mothers at Power of Moms. Join us for today's episode and take a mental deep breath! (You've earned it!)

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/206

Direct download: 296.POMRadio.MomConf.ChristyWright.mp3
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Since healthy eating for themselves and their families is something April and Saren think about and talk about a lot, they decided to devote this week's radio show to this important and often tricky topic. In this 35-minute show, they share:

  • some simple the food "rules" they've made for themselves
  • tips for eating healthily while on the run as moms
  • ideas for helping ourselves and our kids develop a real appetite for healthy foods
  • thoughts on how we can develop a more positive and realistic attitude towards food and towards our bodies

For full show notes, see powerofmoms.com/205

Direct download: 205_Healthy_Eating_Saren.mp3
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When our children throw a tantrum, sometimes we feel like throwing a tantrum ourselves!

While some children are more prone to tantrums than others, most moms need to deal with their kids’ emotional outbursts or uncontrolled anger at some point.

In this encore episode (was originally posted as Episode 13), April and Saren offer some very helpful ideas!  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/204

Direct download: 204.POMRadio.Children.Tantrums.mp3
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In this episode, April and Saren share ideas for celebrating Easter in a meaningful, but very simple way.

For full show notes, see powerofmoms.com/203

Direct download: 203_Low-Stress_Easter_Ideas_Saren_and_April.mp3
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These three posts were read by Jennifer Brimhall.  We hope they give you a jump start on organizing.  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/202

Direct download: POMRadio.Organization.mp3
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Power of Moms Co-Director, Saren, spent a solid month visiting the 12 oldest National Parks in the west last summer (camping the whole way!). In this week’s episode, Saren shares how this all came about and what her family gained through this wild and wonderful adventure.

For full show notes, see powerofmoms.com/201

Direct download: 201_WhyFamiliesNeedNature_Saren.mp3
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Children of all ages often feel that they don't have all the freedom they want and this can be manifest in tantrums and power struggles and teenage rebellion. How do we decide what choices our children should have? How do we help them recognize the freedom they already have? How do we help them learn to make good choices?

In this episode, April and Saren discuss how and when to give our children the freedom and control they crave.  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/200

Direct download: 200.POMRadio.Choices.AprilSaren.mp3
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It's easy to criticize our children and notice everything they're not doing, but how can we acknowledge their VALUE and help them to also acknowledge value in their siblings?

Listen to a fun interview with April Perry and Colin Boyd--and then a lively discussion with April and Saren as they learn how to apply those great ideas.

You'll find the results will empower your whole family!

For full show notes, see powerofmoms.com/199

Direct download: 199_Acknowledgement_April_and_Saren.mp3
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Enjoy this encore podcast with April Perry and DeAnne Flynn about setting goals with children.  DeAnne Flynn is an inspiring mother of seven children (ages 8-22) who had tons of great tips to share.  Listen in as they discuss teaching children to help around the house, not solving all their problems for them, and more!  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/198

 

Direct download: 2012.6.6AprilDeanne.mp3
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Power of Moms Co-Director, Saren, recently visited her sister, Saydi, who is currently living and of working on a farm with her family. While there, Saren and Saydi recorded this episode where they share the story of how Saydi and family were able to make their dream of farm life happen and how all moms can create beautiful experiences and memories for their families. For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/197

Direct download: 197.POMRadio.BeautifulDreams.SarenSaydi.mp3
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Today's podcast is a flash back 6 years ago to one of our original podcasts at Power of Moms:

We all know that love is an important ingredient in any family, but how do you show love to yourself and your family members amidst all the thousands of things there are to do each day?

Direct download: 196_Practical_Ways_to_Love_Our_Families.mp3
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Looking for easy ways to make the month of February and Valentine's Day in particular, special for your family? These 3 audio posts are chock full of easy, but meaningful activities to help your family draw closer together- any time of the year!  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/195

 

Direct download: 195.POMRadio.Audio.AllYouNeedIsLove.mp3
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Are you looking for a treasure trove of amazing resources for teaching your children values, character, and history?

Two incredible mothers, Jennifer Brimhall and Jessee Stewart, have created a website that you must know about. It's called Raise the Good, and its goal is to help mothers educate the hearts of their children. 

For show notes, see powerofmoms/194

Direct download: 194.POMRadio.JenniferBrimhall.RaisetheGood.mp3
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Podcasts have changed my (April's) life in SO many ways. Honestly, it was the gateway towards many of my best friendships. It's helped me to connect with hundreds of thousands of family-centered individuals around the world. It's been the means for solving some of my bigget problems. I love podcasts. So how does that apply to mothers? In today's episode with John Lee Dumas, founder of Podcasters' Paradise and host of the top-rated podcast, "Entrepreneur on Fire," we're going to walk you through some simple ways you can turn to podcasts to bless your life AND we'll show you how easy it is to create your OWN show. I know...sounds scary. I promise it's not.   For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/193

Direct download: 193.POMRadio.JohnLeeDumas_-_12317_8.55_PM.mp3
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“Discipline” and “fun” may not seem like they belong in the same sentence. But they actually work very nicely together.

In this 20-minute episode, Saren and April share three fun and simple ideas for making discipline in your home more fun and more effective – at the same time!

Listen and learn about how an “angry hat,” a “gunny bag,” some puppet shows or role plays, and the chance to “start over” can really teach and inspire positive behavior.

For full show notes, see powerofmoms/192

 

Direct download: 192_Discipline_and_Fun.mp3
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In this encore podcast, Saren Eyre Loosli, April Perry, Allyson Reynolds, and Kelly King Anderson in a fun Learning Circle-type discussion about how we devote our best energies to our top priorities (or, at least, how we’re really trying).

BEING there for this conversation was magic, and we’re so excited to share it with you.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/191

Direct download: 191.POMRadio.PickPriorities.mp3
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Have you heard about S.M.A.R.T. Goals?

This idea has been gaining momentum over the past several years, and today we're going back into our Power of Moms Radio archives to bring you one of the very first episodes with April and Saren.

Using SMART as a simple acronym, we're going to have a fun discussion about goal-setting that will help us all get thinking about what we want for this coming year.

For show notes, see powerofmoms.com/190

 

 

Direct download: 190_SMART_Goals_April_and_Saren.mp3
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